Student Safety Prevails With Veto of AB 375

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 10, 2013
Contact: Julie White, jwhite@acsa.org, (916) 329-3832

Following opposition by ACSA and other stakeholder groups, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have reformed the certificated employee dismissal process.

Assembly Bill 375, Buchanan, D-Alamo, was a very technical and complex piece of legislation that attempted to expedite the teacher dismissal process. While ACSA agrees that the current process needs a revamp, this legislation created far more problems than it would have solved. Most importantly, ACSA believes the bill did not put student safety first.

“While supporters of AB 375 claimed the bill would have expedited the dismissal process and ensure student safety in the cases of teacher misconduct, it is those very teachers that would have been the most difficult to dismiss under the bill,” said ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith. “This bill would have done nothing to protect students.”

In his veto message, Gov. Brown acknowledged that the bill would have created new problems for schools and districts, and noted that by restricting a district’s ability to amend charges even if new evidence comes to light would do more harm than good.

“We are happy the governor heard the voices of the many ACSA members who came out in opposition to this bill, and put the safety of students ahead of all else,” Smith continued.

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